Are You Red Hot Or Freezing Cold?


Being lukewarm is a cop out. As we endure another cold and wet winter, I often hear people claim that they either prefer the extreme of the arctic cold or profess an affiliation to the heat of the tropics. I've yet to hear someone confess to "Preferring it lukewarm!"

Given the contrasting temperatures, I know that when you're hot, there is a sense of energy and enthusiasm that is often associated with motivation and achievement within a business context.

On the other hand, being freezing cold tends to conjure up images of layers of clothing and cumbersome movement!

You are better off being red hot and fired up...!

Like the world around us, our bodies are made up of 70% water. Extreme temperature variation causes water to solidify which could be used to bring down ships; or vaporise and be used to propel a train!

But being stuck in the middle - being lukewarm - will do neither. Sometimes we need to choose one end of the spectrum and affect change. For me, the image of a passionate, red hot individual creating positive momentum with a train, is powerful. Passion is the great energiser!

If you ever find yourself in a position where you question your effectiveness in leadership, I encourage you to measure your passion by asking the following five questions to help you get to the next level:

1. Are you connected with yourself?

Lots of people talk, but few connect. The question to ask is, "Do you connect with yourself?" How do you expect to be liked by others when you do not even like yourself? Before you can be passionate about what you do, you have to be passionate about who you are!

2. What is your vision?

John Maxwell talks about the concept of leaders that takes a vision from "Me" to "We" through his Minute with Maxwell video on "Vision". He rightly points out that as a leader, you have to take your people from where they are to where you are and get them to climb the mountain with you.

3. How well do you relate to and communicate with others?

Communication is not a one-way street. You don't do all the speaking, telling, directing or pointing by yourself. That will only end with the other person disengaging from the conversation and mentally "checking out"! You've got to connect first and get the other person to relate to you if you want them to buy into your passion.

4. Do you speak from your heart?

If you want to be credible with the people that you lead, then you need to speak from your heart. People will pick out a phony at 100 paces and you will soon find yourself alone in the room. But if you believe in your cause, that will get you started. And that will translate into the passion that will keep the room full.

5. How energised are you?

If you are low on energy, it will impact your ability to lead. Without passion, you will lack the energy to lead and without followers, your dreams will die.

So, remember to ask yourself these five questions and use them to make sure you are energised and passionate at all times!

Elias Kanaris
Forensic Consultant & Lid Lifter


Elias Kanaris is an expert in lifting the lid on leadership by focussing on ethical business practice.

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